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Fitness tips for menopause: Why physical activity matters

Regular physical activity is crucial for women facing menopause. Consider what physical activity can do for you — and how to apply fitness tips for menopause to your daily routine.

Menopause marks the end of menstruation and fertility — and the beginning of your next stage of life. Use this women's health milestone as a reminder to take good care of yourself. Start by considering these fitness tips for menopause.

Benefits of physical activity
Whether you've exercised faithfully for years or you haven't been physically active, physical activity during and after menopause offers many benefits. For example, regular physical activity can:

  • Prevent weight gain. Women tend to lose muscle mass and gain abdominal fat during and after menopause. Even slight increases in physical activity can help prevent weight gain.
  • Strengthen your bones. Physical activity can slow bone loss after menopause, which lowers the risk of fractures and osteoporosis.
  • Reduce the risk of other diseases. During and after menopause, the risk of various chronic conditions — including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes — increases. Regular physical activity can counter these risks.
  • Boost your mood. Physical activity during and after menopause can improve your psychological health.

Physical activity isn't a proven way to reduce menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and sleep disturbances. For some women, regular physical activity during and after menopause seems to relieve stress and improve quality of life.

Remember, you don't have to go to the gym to exercise. Daily activities such as dancing and gardening also can improve your health. Whatever physical activities you choose, take time to warm up and cool down safely.

It certainly can't hurt.

Yours in Health,

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